Fairbanks man indicted in connection with camper robbery

A 21-year-old Fairbanks man has been indicted after allegedly jumping and robbing a man camping near the Big Dipper Ice Arena and Hez Ray fields.

Matthew David Wendel was indicted by a grand jury on charges of robbery in the first degree as well as theft in the second degree.

A criminal complaint filed by the victim in the case said Wendel and a group of “white teenage males” punched and kicked him in the ribs several times, leaving him injured near his campsite.

Police later found Wendel at the camp, where he identified himself as the sole assailant in the robbery.

Wendel is scheduled to appear in court again in July.